[caption id="attachment_119328" align="alignleft" width="150"] The National Center on Time & Learning has estimated that about 1,000 districts have adopted longer school days or years.[/caption]

Students might get their wish of more holiday time from school off under proposals catching on around the country to lengthen the school year calendar. But there's a catch: a much shorter summer vacation.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan, a chief proponent of the longer school year, says American students have fallen behind the world academically.

"Whether educators have more time to enrich instruction or students have more time to...

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